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Old 08-01-2017, 07:37 AM
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Tongue Weight

Anyone know the tongue weight for a 2007 MC X-15 (22 feet)....I just want to confirm it's under 500 lbs so I can use my adjustable hitch.....if not, I need to go buy another one without the option of height adjustments

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Old 08-01-2017, 10:21 AM
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A boat trailer, if set up properly, should have a tongue weight of 5-7% of the total towed weight.

The weight of your boat and trailer is around 5000 lbs, so your tongue weight should be 250-350 lbs.

You can do a Google search on how to measure your tongue weight at home with a bathroom scale. Or, if you want to remove all doubt, find a truck scale so that you know for certain.
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:25 AM
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What adjustable hitch are you using with a 500lb tongue rating? That seems really low
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:43 PM
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Thanks for the replies....I don't have the boat with me so I can't weigh it but I need to pick it up from the dealer tomorrow 3 hours away near our lake cabin. The hitch I usually use I forgot at our cabin so I am hoping to use the one I have for my side x side as pictured below......



It also has a 2" ball but it says it's rated up to 5000 lbs with a max tongue weight of 500 lbs. I am asking as if this will not work, I'll just stop and get a stronger (non adjustable) one before I pick it up.

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Old 08-01-2017, 08:50 PM
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I'd get a stronger one. You're over 5k on a X15 on a trailer anyways
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:10 PM
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Sounds good, I'll add a new hitch and ball to the list, thanks for the help!!


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Old 08-01-2017, 09:11 PM
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Sorry, any idea on how big I should get???


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Old 08-03-2017, 07:20 PM
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A boat trailer, if set up properly, should have a tongue weight of 5-7% of the total towed weight.
The tongue weight on a travel trailer should be 10 to 15%. Why would a boat be 5 to 7%?
My 230VRS has a tongue weight of 600 pounds. I would guess my boat and trailer are around 6000 pounds. That would put me right at 10%. It tows great.

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Old 08-04-2017, 12:23 AM
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Why would a boat be 5 to 7%?
Everything else being equal, a travel trailer has a much shorter wheelbase (distance from hitch to axle) than a boat trailer, the axle is closer to the middle of the trailer and the load is evenly distributed. A typical boat trailer has the axle(s) closer to the end of trailer and most of the weight is toward the rear. Due to the physics of towing (which I can't explain) a boat trailer can get by with lower tongue weight to tow properly without swaying.

There's nothing wrong with having a tongue weight of 10% as you mention, but it puts more stress on your tow vehicle. I'm guessing that you have a 3/4 ton truck that doesn't even notice the load you're hauling. If I used my Tahoe to haul your boat I would definitely notice a 600 lb tongue weight.
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